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FRA Competitive Grant Program

Learn more about the FRA's Competitive Grant Program so you can find out if your railroad might qualify.


Compliance Guide for FRA Part 243 Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees

Download a copy of the latest compliance manual for Part 243.



FRA Reporting Threshold for 2018

The Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2015 remains at $10,700.



FRA Updates Nation Driver Register (NDR) Process for Locomotive Engineer Certification


Clarification Regarding Fitbits for Transportation Employees


FRA considers Fitbits and similar devices to be “personal electronic devices” that are subject to the restrictions in part 220.  Per the definition of an “electronic device” at 49 CFR 220.5, they are an electronic device that performs functions not necessary for the health or safety of that person and entail the risk of distracting employees from safety-related tasks.


Grade Crossing Reporting Requirements Amended


FRA published amendments to the National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory Reporting Requirements located in 49 CFR Part 234 Subpart F. Changes concern the submission of data by parent companies, updating inventory of crossings within private company, port or dock area, State requested data, and deadline date and timelines for submission of data for new crossings and updates. 

ODAPC Revises “What Employers Need to Know about DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing” Handbook


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) has updated the “What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing” guidelines, also known as the “Employer Handbook.” Last revised in October 2010, this new version can be viewed at  A summary of changes made to the “Employer Handbook” can be found on the last page of the booklet.


June 12, 2016

April 2018

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July  2018

March 5, 2018

New GCOR Edition Available. 

Click the red Order button at the left for more information to order your new 7th Edition of the General Code of Operation Rules!


Jan 13, 2015

FRA issues Safety Advisory 2014-02

Safety Advisory 2014-02 Roadway Worker Authority Limits— Importance of Clear Communication, Compliance With Applicable Rules and Procedures, and Ensuring That Appropriate Safety Redundancies Are in Place in the Event of Miscommunication or Error”.  Click here to view the pdf file from the FRA...


Jan 13, 2015

Nov 25, 2014

FRA Issues Final Rule of Minimum Training Standards

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued the final rule for minimum training requirements for railroad employees and contractors who perform safety-related work.  The regulation was mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and was created to ensure that safety-related employees are trained and qualified to comply with federal safety laws and orders.  The new reg requires minimum training standards for each type of safety-related railroad employee, FRA review and approval of each employer's training program, more structured on-the-job training, and requires employers to review and improve traiing programs annually.

Nov 20, 2014